20 automakers agree to standard auto-emergency braking

20 automakers agree to standard auto-emergency braking

Twenty automakers have reached a voluntary agreement with NHTSA to make automatic emergency braking (AEB) standard on all new models by September 1, 2022. The agreement was announced in McLean, Va., by NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Automakers making the commitment are Audi, BMW, FCA, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo. NHTSA estimates that the voluntary agreement means AEB will be standard three years sooner than it would be through the regulatory process. During those three years, IIHS estimates, the technology will prevent 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries.

AEB systems use on-vehicle sensors such as radar, cameras or lasers to detect an imminent crash, warn the driver and apply the brakes if the driver does not take action quickly enough.

–The benefits of this commitment are far-reaching,” said IIHS Executive Vice President David Zuby, –from injuries and deaths averted to the recovery of productivity that would otherwise be lost in traffic jams caused by the crashes prevented. It also assures that all Americans will benefit from this technology.”

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